Visa Bulletin Predictions: February 2019

The Visa Office of the Department of State is responsible for publishing visa bulletins each month. Occasionally, the Visa Office also provides their predictions on cut-off date movement in the coming months.

In the February, 2019 Visa Bulletin, DOS offered their predictions for monthly cutoff dates movement. This is what each category may potentially advance in the coming months:

EMPLOYMENT-based categories (potential monthly movement)

  • EB1:
    • Worldwide (most countries): Up to two months.
    • China and India: Up to one months.
  • EB2:
    • Worldwide: Current for the foreseeable future. 
    • China: Up to three months.
    • India: Up to one week.
  • EB3:
    • Worldwide: Current.
    • China: Up to three weeks.
    • India: Up to three months.
    • Mexico: Current.
    • Philippines: Rapid movement to generate demand.
  • EB4:
    • Current for most countries.
    • El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras: Up to one week.
    • Mexico: Rapid forward movement until limit is reached.
  • EB5:
    • The category will remain “Current” for most countries.
    • China-mainland born: Up to one week. 
    • Vietnam:  Up to three weeks.

FAMILY-sponsored categories (potential monthly movement)

  • F1:  Up to five weeks
  • F2A: Up to one month
  • F2B: Up to two months
  • F3:  Up to two weeks
  • F4:  Up to six weeks

More more information, please visit our Visa Bulletin Toolbox.

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